Hush, Y’all: It’s Time for the FedEx St. Jude Classic

Posted by Holly Whitfield | June 9th 2011 3423 0

The FedEx St. Jude Classic has something that no other stop on the PGA tour can claim: volunteers stationed at every hole, waving purple signs that read “Hush, y’all.”

 

The signs, which are a tradition at the 54 year-old annual tournament, are highly effective. It was a little strange (and quite amazing) to hear how quiet a huge mass of people could be during yesterday’s pro-am.

The pro-am was one of the events leading up to the PGA tournament game that starts today and runs through Sunday afternoon. The organizers of the event described it as a “fantasy experience”, a chance for average Joe golfers to play alongside pros and celebrities (including Tim Tebow, Phil Donahue and Anfernee Hardaway).

FedEx St. Jude Classic Pro-Am, Memphis, Tenn.

Most importantly, though, the FedEx St. Jude Classic is a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Last year, the event raised about half a million dollars for the hospital.

Reminders of the cause are constant. People who live along the course have hung “We (heart) St. Jude! banners from their balconies. At the eleventh hole, St. Jude patients served as caddies for the golfers. The real caddies selected clubs and passed them to a child who delivered them to the golfers. It was seriously adorable watching the players interact with the kids, talking to them, passing out high fives and showing them how to putt a few balls.

A pro golfer and a St. Jude patient at the FedEx St. Jude Classic

There was a surprising amount of interaction between the players and the fans sitting in the spectator boxes and lining the ropes. The amateurs joked about their shots, the pros signed autographs, and Phil Donahue cracked a joke on the 12th hole that all of the spectators were “a lot thinner in person”.

Phil Donahue at the FedEx St. Jude Classic

Phil Donahue at the FedEx St. Jude Classic

Since the FedEx St. Jude Classic was my first ever golf tournament, I turned to Twitter for advice before I headed to the course. Some recommended staying quiet during the backswings and packing sunscreen. Others suggested visiting the public watering holes (like the Hub and the Michelob Ultra 19th hole). My favorite suggestion came from @tincup83: “1st- don’t talk during a swing. 2nd – if someone yells FORE, duck. 3rd – find a nice shade tree and watch the masters at work.”

If you’re heading to Southwind this weekend, here are a few of my recommendations:

1. Sunscreen is a must.

2. Sit at the 18th hole – that way, you can see everyone playing finish their game rather. Plus, there’s plenty of shady seating.

3. Leave your phone on silent and your camera at home.

4. Get a Pronto Pup from the fanciest Pronto Pup dispensary ever. Regular ones are $3, and foot longs are $5.

Pronto Pup Stand at the FedEx St. Jude Classic

The FedEx St. Jude Classic PGA tournament is June 4-10, 2018. A single-day ticket is $40 at the gate, and parking is $5.

Go There:

FedEx St. Jude Classic

3325 Club at Southwind
Memphis, TN 38125-8832
(901) 748-0330


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Claudine says:

    I went today and it was impossible to get proper instructions to the correct parking for general admission (those without southwind or fedex parking passes). It’s 2 miles east down Winchester on your left-a gravel road. Don’t pull in ANY fedex entrances because you’ll get yelled at, turned around, or lost. The hidden Lot C is the place to be! 🙂

  2. Martha Hammonds says:

    Was so disappointed the “hush y’all” paddle signs were sold out. We had a Northern friend in our group who was looking forward to getting this (for the y’all) Is there anywhere to purchase a paddle.
    thank you

  3. Sharon Gallacher says:

    Where can you purchase the Hush Y’all signs?

    Thank you!

    Sharon Gallacher

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